Case management is a client-centered approach to improve the coordination and continuity of service delivery, especially for persons with substance use disorders (SUD) and multiple and complex support needs. This intervention supports individuals by helping them identify needed services, facilitate linkage with services, and promote participation and retention in services. However, it is questionable whether case management is equally effective in promoting recovery and aspects of personal functioning. This article conducted an updated meta-analysis to assess whether case management was more effective than treatment as usual (TAU) among persons with SUD for improving treatment-related as well as personal functioning outcomes (e.g., substance use).
This course is based on the article, A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Case Management for Substance Use Disorders-A Recovery Perspectiver created by Wouter Vanderplasschen, PhD., et al. in 2019.
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Wouter Vanderplasschen, PhD
Wouter Vanderplasschen (PhD) is associate professor and head of the Department of Special Needs Education (Orthopedagogiek) at Ghent University (Belgium). He is a senior researcher in the field of substance abuse treatment and recovery. Dr Vanderplasschen has authored more than 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals about addiction, treatment and recovery. He also wrote several books and book publications and is a co-editor of the journal ‘Drugs : Education, Prevention, Policy’. He acts as a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at several national and international alcohol and drug conferences.
Richard C. Rapp
Richard Rapp is an assistant professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, OH and has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals.
Jessica De Maeyer
Dr Jessica De Maeyer has been the director of the expertise centre on Quality of Life (E-QUAL) at Ghent University College since 2014. She is a member of various addiction relevant committees: “Recovery of people with dual-diagnosis” and “Pathways to Addiction Recovery” and has has her work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Acknowledge the many types of case management.
Identify the type of case management that may be most effective with the specific client.
Extrapolate that case management is more effective than treatment as usual.
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Faculty: L.A. Rankin
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